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Football a family affair for Kwame Geathers
Now, it's Kwame Geathers' time.
"I'm enjoying the moment," Geathers said during a telephone interview with FOX Sports Next. "It's going good. It's a once in a lifetime experience, so I'm going to soak it up and enjoy it. Teams like me.
"I'm a big guy, and a big body is hard to find. Some teams like me as a nose guard, some as a three-technique. I'm just looking for an opportunity to play football. I'm not getting into what rounds I might go in. I just want to showcase my talent wherever I go."
Geather is definitely large, bigger than most NFL defensive linemen.
He's 6-foot-6, 335-pounds and is projected by draft analysts as a middle-round to later-round draft target.
At the NFL scouting combine, he had an 8-foot broad jump, a 26 1/2 inch vertical leap and a 5.4 in the 40-yard dash.
At his campus Pro Day workout, Geathers had a 29-inch vertical leap, an 8-7 broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times with a 7.88 three-cone drill.
All of his numbers improved from the combine at his Pro Day.
Geathers learned football at an early age from his family.
"Yeah, it runs in the family," Geathers said. "My brothers, my dad and my uncle all give me the right advice, but they let me make my own decisions. They tell me to be sure to stay in shape and get ready for the season when the time comes so I'm mentally and physically ready. I'm not too caught up in the hype, I just want to get to the NFL and do my thing.
"It's a great opportunity, a dream come true. I've always wanted to do this. I've got to be ready to prove what I can do. I don't want to just make it there. I want to stay there and do a great job."
Kwame Geathers said his uncle always tells him to keep his head on straight and work hard.
Last season, Geathers had 40 tackles, five for losse, in five starts. He had six tackles against Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
He also had one sack and a blocked field goal last season.
As a sophomore, he had 14 tackles in a dozen games with three starts.
As a freshman, Geathers was an All-Southeastern Conference all-freshman selection as he had seven tackles, one for a loss, in eight games. Geathers was a Super Prep All-American selection growing up in Georgetown, South Carolina.
For his career at Georgia, he had 61 tackles.
And he made his father, Robert Geathers Sr., extremely proud, on and off the field.
"We are a praying family, we came up out of nowhere and we worked hard," Robert Geathers Sr. said. "We worked on the farm and the boys all did chores, hard work. My heroes weren't football players. It was Daniel Boone and Gene Autry. We went to church, we shared everything. We learned about discipline. We were never a jealous family. We wanted everyone to do well.
"Kwame is the next one up. I saw Jumpy at the Pro Day and I also told one of the scouts that Kwame will play on Sundays and somebody will get a great player. He'll work hard. The teams that pass him up will wish they hadn't." Geathers worked out privately for the Philadelphia Eagles following his campus Pro Day workout.
"That was pretty interesting," Geathers said
Geathers, who's represented by Priority Sports' Deryk Gilmore, played in a rotation with other highly-regarded Bulldogs defensive linemen, including John Jenkins.
"I would have liked to play a little more, but I did whatever the coaches asked me to do," Geathers said. "I'm big on winning. I love to win. Whatever the coaches ask me to do. I'm not knocking anybody, but my tape will tell the story."
Geathers is down from 355 pounds and has steadily worked to get as lean and quick as possible
He met with the Ravens informally at the NFL scouting combine, talking with defensive line coach Clarence Brooks.
"I liked my talk with their defensive line coach," Geathers said. "We had a great talk. I enjoyed it a lot. That's a great organization. They're the champs."
Geathers said wherever he winds up, the team will get someone who will be a positive contributor.
"They'll get a hard worker who's going to come in and do everything he's asked to do," Geathers said. "I'm a hard worker who's passionate and loves football and comes from a good family of football players."
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